Ready for Takeoff at Braden Airpark
September 20, 2018
LNAA celebrates the arrival of ProFlite Aero Services and SpiritWings Aviation, LLC
A turbulent past of uncertainty has been replaced with a re-energized commitment to reaching new heights of aviation growth in the Lehigh Valley.
On Thursday, September 20th, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA), state and local representatives from Northampton County, joined members of the general aviation community to celebrate the arrival of ProFlite Aero Services and SpiritWings Aviation, LLC with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Braden Airpark (N43) in Forks Township.
“Today, we take the next step in revitalization of Braden Airpark by landing two new businesses that will help to produce the next generation of pilots while also serving aircraft maintenance needs throughout our region,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.
ProFlite Aero Services (located in Hangar 3) will have the following services available: Aviation Services, Flight Training School, Aircraft Rental, Scenic Tours / Photo Flights, and Educational Consultants.
“It’s an exciting voyage and a challenge for anyone to transform their aviation passion into a successful business. Fascinated by flight since childhood, I have the platform to develop and impact the next generation of pilots which is really a dream come true,” said, Nouman Saleem, Owner, ProFlite Aero Services.
SpiritWings Aviation, LLC (located in Hangar 2) will have the following services available for general aviation aircraft all the way up to light twin-engine aircraft:
- Aircraft maintenance: annual inspections, 100 hour inspections, pre-buy inspections, aircraft modifications, equipment installation, engine changes alterations and repairs
- Sales of aircraft parts and supplies
“Our goal is delivering affordable service and a friendly customer atmosphere, but equally as important is being educators of the importance of general aviation in this fantastic community, said David DaSilva, Owner, SpiritWings Aviation, LLC.
Through the financial support of the LNAA and Northampton County, more than $500,000 in improvements has rejuvenated the Airpark which included: demolition of the old terminal building and other dilapidated structures, hangar roof repairs, apoxy flooring, new paint and enhanced lighting in the hangars, implementation of a modular terminal, and installation of a security fence. The Airport Authority also received a $325,000 grant from the PennDOT Bureau of Aviation for construction of a new terminal building.
“Northampton County is gratified to see that important public purposes will be performed at the Airpark by these two new businesses” said, Lamont McClure, Northampton County Executive.
In January 2018, the Airport Authority started a marketing campaign to attract additional aircraft and new business opportunities for aviation growth that yielded positive results just eight months into the effort.
“I think the rapid response is indicative of the excitement that surrounds the resurgence of Braden and its potential to become a place where dreams of flight can takeoff,” said Stoudt.
Additionally, to make Braden Airpark a more attractive home for based traffic, the LNAA announced it will return to having staff available 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the near future, and grass tie down rates were reduced to $66 per month beginning in September 2018.
For more information about ProFlite Aero Services and SpiritWings Aviation, please visit the following links: https://www.facebook.com/profliteaero/?ref=py_c or https://www.flyabe.com/general-aviation-lnaa/braden-airpark/.